Genealogy in Forno di Zoldo

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If you know (or you think) that your ancestors were from Forno di Zoldo, you could find info about your Italian family at Registrar of Vital Statistics in the City Office or at the parishes.

Registry offices in Veneto and in Belluno province were established in early 1800: it means that you could find information in Forno di Zoldo registrar as of that date.

So, if your ancestors were in Forno di Zoldo in the nineteenth or twentieth century, then you could try to contact the City Office of Forno di Zoldo to know more.

Would you like to know if any distant relatives live in Forno di Zoldo?

Check how many people with the same surname live today in Forno di Zoldo


Before to start your genealogy research in Forno di Zoldo, we suggest you to read our tips for your search . They are useful to search in Veneto and in Forno di Zoldo too.

In the next picture you can see the demographic trends in Forno di Zoldo from the Italian Unification (1861).

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Forno di Zoldo. As more your surname is common in Forno di Zoldo, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Forno di Zoldo archives if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that some of the most common surnames in Belluno province are:
Bernardi, Bianchet, Bogo, Bortoluzzi, Bortot, Bristot, Casagrande, Casanova, Cassol, Colle, Corso, Costa, Da Col, Da Rold, Dal Farra, Dal Magro, Dal Mas, Dal Pont, De Barba, De Bastiani, De Bona, De Bortoli, De Col, De Min, De Toffol, Del Favero, D’Inca’, Facchin, Faoro, Fontana, Fontanive, Ganz, Marcon, Mazzucco, Menardi, Rech, Reolon, Rossi, Sacchet, Sommacal, Soppelsa, Tabacchi, Tormen, Viel, Zanella, Zanon, Zatta.

Church archives in Belluno province may instead contain even older information, but they are far less accessible from abroad (and almost impossible by email).
Then,parishes send information not easily.

If you have the opportunity to visit Forno di Zoldo and Belluno province, you could plan to investigate churches’ archives by yourself (or with us!), but from abroad is very difficult to obtain any result unless you find a reliable local help.

Another important source of information is the “Archivio di Stato” (National archive) in Venezia.

In any case, never give up! Probably the distance from your country and Italy, some difficulties in understanding and in translation, could complicate your search but this should not discourage you.

It’s important to plan your activities to carry on with simple goals (eg. search for a single date of birth, the name of an ancestor, the date of a marriage, etc.)

If you are interested to start or to continue your genealogy research in Forno di Zoldo, or if you have questions regarding your family in Forno di Zoldo, just leave a message below, we will answer you by email

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17 Messages to “Genealogy in Forno di Zoldo”
  1. Jay says:

    Hi Nicole,

    I just saw your message last night. I went through my records and I can’t believe it, I found a connection. However, it’s not through Luigi. Maria Bellante, Luigi’s mother had a sister named Lucia. She had a son, Osvaldo who married a Teresa Pia Campo, (1889-1973). Teresa is the sister of Giuditta who married Eugenio. Osvaldo/Oscar and Teresa Pia lived in Stafford Springs, Ct. I knew their children quite well. Their youngest son Harold/Neddy and I, worked together for a number of years.

    Giuditta Teresa and Eugenio were married on Feb 15, 1900. Giuditta’s father was Gio Batta, (1848-1917). His parents were Apollonio and Teresa Pellegrini. Giuditta’s mother was Augusta Sommariva, (1855-1919). Her father was Giuseppe. I do not have a name for the mother. Augusta was living in Piacenza at the time she died.

    Giuditta’s family was from the village of Campo, a community within Forno di Zoldo. If you go back a few generations past Giuditta her ancestors went by the surname Campo-Gat. Gat most likely was a specific branch of the Campo surname. Their is a possibility that Gio Batta’s father Apollonio was the brother of my great-great grandfather Osvaldo Campo-Gat. If I am correct, your Giuditta and my great grandmother Giuditta were first cousins.

    If you can figure out how to contact me directly I can probably help you expand your family tree. If you see this message, please leave a note so I will know you got this information. Are you a member of

    Best wishes … Jay

  2. Rebecca says:

    I live in Meriden,CT and Luigi and
    Giovanna”Jennie” Panciera were my great grandparents.I would like to know more about Luigi’s mother’s family the Ballantes.I have not found anything Jennie’s family except I know her mom was a Brustalone.Also,I was told years ago by a lady named Ida Fontanella Fordiani that I was related to her because her mom was Mary Panciera.But there were 2 other Fontanella men in Meriden.One married Angelina Panciera,the other Lucia Panciera.I would like to know if I’m related to one of the Fontanellas.Thank you.

    • Jay says:

      Hello Rebecca,

      I have a lot of information I can give you. There are a few things I have to check first. The mother of Ida, (Adelaide Maria) was not a Panciera. Her parents were Giacondo, (Joseph) and Maria Gavaz. Even so there still may be a Fontanella connection. I need to look into this farther. There may be some confusion.

      We are distantly related. Luigi’s parents were Valentino Panciera, (1852-1933) and Maria Bellante, (1853-1932). Maria’s parents were Domenico, (1820-1898) and Rosa Remor, (1824-1893). They are your 3X grandparents and they are my 2X grandparents. Maria’s brother Antonio was my great grandfather.

      When it comes to the Bellante and Panciera families, things can get quite intertwined. Looking at Jennie’s records I found another Bellante connection. At the moment, however, I still need to do more research.

      Do you know anything about Luigi’s brothers that came to the U.S.?

      Do you know anything about Forno di Zoldo?


  3. Richard says:

    I gave some misinformation on my request. John Fontanella was married to Jennie Toscani. His father Sebastian was married to Dominica Panciera.

    • Jay says:

      I have some information you may find helpful. Giovanni/John was born, May 16, 1886. He married Giovanna Giuseppina Toscani/Jennie on Feb 11, 1910. They left for the U.S. the following March. Jennie was born Mar 20, 1891. Her father was Simione and her mother was named, Angela Coletti.

      John’s father Sebastiano, was born in 1840. His parents were Nicolo born, 1813 and Michela Campo. Sebastiano married Domenica Panciera who was born in 1844. Her parents were Antonio and Antonia Pra Mio. Sebastiano died on May 15, 1937 at the age of 96. Domenica died on Nov 1, 1928 at the age of 84. Nicolo, Sebastiano’s father died in, 1908 at the age of 95.

      Sebastiano and Domenica had a son named, Michele who was born in 1868 or 69. I believe he was the oldest child. They also had a daughter named Maria who was born in, 1874. I am sure there were more children.

      Sebastiano and his sons were all fabbros/metal fabricators. They may have had a family forge. They lived in the community of Astragal located within Forno di Zoldo. A lot of Panciera’s lived in Astragal.

      I have the names of Fontanella, Panciera and Coletti in my family tree. I still have relatives in Meriden, Ct.

      I hope the above information helped to answer some of your questions.


  4. Richard says:

    We are interested in my father-in-laws grandfather Sebastian Fontanella. He was married to Dominica. They were from Forno Di Zoldo. There son was John who was born in Forno di Zoldo May 14 1886. His wife was Jennie Panciera also from Forno di Zoldo.

  5. Robert says:

    Hi. My grandfather was born in Forno di Zoldo in 1880. His name was Antonio Santin.
    He died in 1943 in Bressanone. He had 6 children. Rosa his second youngest daughter was my mother. She was born in Chiusa in 1927 but later moved with the family to Bressanone. She married Osvaldo Pontarollo and moved to Toronto, Canada in 1956.
    My grandfather was married to Maria De Bernardin in Innsbruck. Apparently my grandfather had brothers who moved to San Francisco. Long shot… Bob

  6. Lorraine says:

    I am researching my daughter-in-law’s family. Her Great Grandfather, Louis (Or Luigi) Panciera was born on April 3, 1886 in Forndo di Zoldo. He immigrated to the US about 1903 and lived in Meriden, CT. He died in Meriden, CT on FEb. 16, 1972. He was married to Jennie Panciera (same last name)who was also born in Forno di Zoldo on Feb. 12, 1890. She died in Meriden, CT on Oct. 30, 1995. Her parents were: Bortolo Panciera and Elena Brustolon. I don’t know who Louis’ parents were. Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

  7. Rea says:

    I am looking for the family genealogy of the Bellante family.
    Juditta and Antonio Bellante
    Children were
    Giovanni, Valentino born 1896, Dominic born 1904 and Rosalina born 1909
    I think there were 2 or 3 more children.
    The family was from Forno di Zoldo.
    Antonio use to help at the local church as a care keeper.
    Please let me know if you can help.
    Thank you.
    Rea, Granddaughter of Rosalina

    • Jay Bellante says:

      Hello Rea,

      Are you related to Rosa Bellante, De Piero? I have the entire Bellante family tree back to about 1680. I also have a lot of info pertaining to the surname origin and the link to Aragon nobility. Whatever questions you have, I am sure I can answer many of them.

      Juditta’s name was Giudita before she changed the spelling. She was born in 1866 and Antonio in 1864. At that time, the Val di Zoldo was part of Austria. Among the children, Lucia was born in 1891, Maria in 1893, Valentino Domenico in 1895 and Giovanni Sebastiano was born in 1900. The youngest were Domenico Romano born in 1903 and Rosalia was born in 1908. There were four other children who died young. There was also another sister, Genevre who is still a mystery. I think she was born in 1905.

      Feel free to contact me, I am sure I can answer most of your questions.


      • Lorraine says:

        Hello Jay, I saw your reply of November 23, 2015 to Rea regarding the Bellante family. I am researching the Panciera family and noticed on a ship manifest from the La Cascogne that aarrived in New York on Oct. 28, 1902, that Luigi Panciera was going to Meriden, CT to his Uncle Giovanni Belante’s home. Do you happen to have any relation in your Bellante family to Luigi Panciera, born April 3, 1886 in Forno Di Zoldo?

        Thank you.

        Lorraine Scanlon

        • Jay Bellante says:

          Hello Lorraine,

          In reply to your question about Luigi being related, I have no positive information that he is in my family tree. However, I think it is certainly a possibility. Several years back, I made contact with a distant relative in Italy. She made mention of a relative that was married to a Panciera. If I remember correctly, it was either Giuditta or Maria Bellante. This was early on in my genealogical quests and forgot about it. The Giovanni that is on Luigi’s manifest form is my great uncle and also the brother of Giuditta and Maria. From what I have found so far, Giuditta might be the correct sister.

          I have more information on this and will post it as soon as I can.

          I don’t know if you noticed but on Luigi’s manifest page is an entry for Osvaldo Panciera. If I read it correctly, he was also going tohis uncle Giov Bellante in Meriden. Perhaps Luigi and Osvaldo were related.

          I will get back to you, … Jay

          • Jay says:

            I’m making headway with Luigi but there seems to be a problem with Jennie. There is no birth record for her using the date of Feb 12, 1890.

            Do you know of any other possible birth dates?
            Do you know her Italian first name?
            Did her parents remain in Italy?
            Have you found her ship’s manifest page?

            I believe that Luigi had at least 2 brothers and a sister, possibly more that came to the U.S. Does your daughter-in-law or another family member have any recollection of any of these siblings? Panciera’s were spread out between Stafford Springs, Stonnington, Meriden as well as Westerly, RI and northern NJ.

            I know Luigi was from Astragal, which is a township, (Frazione) within FDZ.

            If you can answer any of the above questions, it would help.

        • Jay Bellante says:

          Hello Lorraine,

          Your request for information on Luigi Panciera helped me to unlock several mysteries within my own family history. I remember my grandfather telling me that we had cousins in Meriden. That was a long, long time ago.

          Luigi’s mother was Maria Bellante. She was the sister of my great-grandfather, Antonio. She also had a brother Giovanni Battista, (he’s the Giovanni on the manifest) She also had 2 more sisters Giuditta and Lucia. Maria was born, Mar. 3, 1850. She was the oldest of the siblings. I don’t have her marriage date at this time, however, she married Valentino Panciera. They were married in Astragal, (a community within FDZ) at the church Santi Fabiano e Sebastiano. Maria died Oct. 22, 1921. As of 2007, her gravesite was still in tact which I’ve been told is quite unusual because of it’s age. The genealogy for Valentino’s family before him can be found in the ledger book for the above mentioned church. His family page is, 151.

          Giovanna, (Jennie) Panciera, according to the Belluno civil registration records was born on April 12, instead of the third. She had a brother, Giovanni Battista, born in, 1886. I am not sure if he came to the U.S. She also had a brother Pietro, born in, 1881, who was in this country before Jenny.

          Here is another connection that is rather interesting. Today, there are descendants of Michele Bellante and Orsola Panciera that live in Meriden. Michele and Orsola left FDZ in 1896 and went to Westmoreland, Pa. Michele worked in the coal mines. Eventually, Orsola went back to Italy and Michele went to Nome, Alaska. After some time in the Klondike, he moved to Carbonada, Washington and Orsola then returned to the states. In 1914, they moved to Meriden which was their final destination. Michele and Luigi are related, however, it is necessary to go back 4 prior generations in their family trees to find a common relative. Orsola, however, was a much closer relative. Her mother was Lucia Bellante, the sister of Maria Bellante, (Luigi’s mother). Lucia was married to Venanzio Panciera.

          I hope the above information answers your questions. I am still looking for more connections to other relatives. I believe that Luigi had 2 brothers a Giovanni Battista and Osvaldo, along with a sister Teresa that were in the U.S. If I find something that I think might be of interest, I will post it. It’s always nice to find a few more cousins!

          Best of luck, … Jay

          • Nicole Lutz says:

            Hi Jay,

            I have been unlocking the mysteries of my family heritage for a little while now and came across this site. Much to my surprise, I think that your family information links up to my family information. My great-grandfather (Nino Valentino Cercena) was the son of Guiditta Teresa (Luigi’s sister) and Eugenio (John) Cercena. Giovanni Battista was Teresa’s father (as you already mentioned). I found some US Census information that says that the family’s last name was “Panciera”, but I also found information that shows their last name being listed as “Campo”. I would love to link up and see what information you have or see your compiled family tree. I have one as well that I would love to share. Take care.


      • Rea says:

        Hi Jay,

        I am Rose and Herman’s granddaughter Jeannette is my mother.
        If you have information on the family tree that would be wonderful!

        Thank you Jay.


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